Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Australia, we have a new clip from Disney’s upcoming Oz the Great and Powerful. The clip — titled ‘Bananas’ — features a little male bonding between Oscar Diggs/The Wizard (James Franco) and Finley the flying monkey (voiced by Zach Braff) as they venture along the yellow brick road in their quest to rid Oz of the Wicked Witch of the West so that Diggs can claim the sea of treasures of the Emerald City as well as ‘appropriately’ pay Finley for his assist in the act. Diggs also gives off the vibe that he’s a bit of a love ‘em and leave ‘em type — surely that can’t can’t come back to bite him in the end.
Also released earlier today is this behind-the-scenes featurette courtesy of Walt Disney Studios UK in which James Franco, Zach Braff, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams all sing the praises of director Sam Raimi. Williams in particular seems in awe of the fact that an actual yellow brick road exists, ironically a feat that would have been near impossible to achieve on film prior to the introduction of CGI (couldn’t resist).
Oz the Great and Powerful blows into theaters on March 8, 2013
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today announced that the direct-to-video production of Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United will be released on Blu-ray on December 3, 2013.
In the film (which clocks in at 72 minutes in length), the Invincible Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk join forces to save the Earth from its greatest threat yet. When two Hydra scientists try to supercharge a Stark Arc Reactor with Hulk’s Gamma Energy, they unleash a being of pure electricity called Zzzax — and he’s hungry for destruction. Together, Iron Man and Hulk are the only force that stands in the way of the Zzzax’s planetary blackout. But first the super heroic duo will have to get through snarling Wendigos, deadly robots and the scaly powerhouse, Abomination. Can two of Marvel’s mightiest heroes find a way to work together without smashing each other before time runs out?
Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United represents Marvel’s first full-length direct-to-video CG animation feature and provides a brand new look at the Marvel Universe of super heroes. The film, which was written by Henry Gilroy & Brandon Auman, features the vocal talents of Adrian Pasdar as Iron Man and Fred Tatasciore as Hulk.
Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to sit down with Monsters University director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae, along with John Goodman, for a few minutes as part of a roundtable at the Disney/Pixar presentation at the 110th American International Toy Fair in New York City.
Following up on a tip I had received the day before, I took the opportunity to explore what overlap — if any — we might see between Monsters University and the original Monsters Inc. film. Unfortunately Scanlon nearly skirted the question altogether: ‘Well I don’t want to say that, I think you should wait and see. I will say that it’s teeing up to the original film nicely.’
Almost as cryptic was Scanlon’s and Rae’s response to my question about a tribute to Boo in the upcoming prequel. Although I realized it would be impossible for Boo to directly appear in the film and I personally felt it would be impractical for her to appear in any direct form, I imagined with Pixar’s knack for inside jokes and tributes, it wouldn’t be far off to anticipate getting Mary Gibbs (who voiced Boo as a toddler) to return to the recording studio. So can we expect the voice of Boo to return to the big screen in some form? ‘I can’t say anything about that, but,’ Scanlon replied before producer Rae interjected with ‘but there’s a bunch of new characters that we’re really excited about.’ Scanlon followed up with ‘there’s a lot of new characters. There’s lots of fun cameos here and there, so… yeah, keep an eye out.’
And new characters there are plenty. While we’ve been introduced to fellow Oozma Kappa students Don Carlton, Art, Terri & Terry Perry and Scott ‘Squishy’ Squibbles, there are plenty more characters to be formally introduced, especially sisters of the Slugma Slugma Kappa (EEK) and Eta Hiss Hiss (HSS) sororities. In addition to Carrie, we can probably look forward to getting to knowing fellow students Nadya, Sonia, Rosie, Violet. Carla, Brynn, Rhonda and more.
And just in case you missed it, be sure to check out our additional coverage of the Monsters University Toy Fair event including an exclusive in-depth look at upcoming toys for this spring and fall.
New Hot Topic arrivals for February 20, 2013 Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Hot Topic. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Hot Topic in another window. Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability. Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.
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New Disney Store arrivals and sales for February 19, 2013 Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at Disney Store. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Disney Store in another window. Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability. Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.
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As part of the 110th American International Toy Fair in New York, Disney offered an invite-only look at some of the upcoming toys and clothing to support Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University, in theaters on June 21, 2013. The majority of the products on display were from Spin Master who serves as the master licensee for the film. Spin Master, who recently also began releasing products in support of Monsters Inc., previously created waves in the Disney universe when it served as the master licensee for TRON: Legacy, infusing technology in play that hadn’t been seen before. The tradition continues with Monsters University in which some of its most advanced toys don’t use batteries at all, yet manage to produce detailed and intricate amusing actions just the same.
Among the previewed collection were the Scare Majors featuring Art, Mike Wazowski and Sulley. By squeezing each of the figures’ legs together, the action figures respond with realistic and often humorous movements. The Scare Students figure collection offer a level of poseability along with some creative features respective to each character: Squishy is (naturally) squishable while Mike’s eye can be rotated. Other figures in the first wave include Sulley (in both naked and Oozma Kappa forms), Johnny, Art, Terri & Terry and Randy. Spin Master will also be releasing buddy pack sets of figurines called Scare Pairs. The first wave includes: Squishy, Sulley (both naked as well as Oozma Kappa), Mike Wazowski (both naked and in Monsters University form), Art, Randy, Terri & Terry, Dean Hardscrabble, Carla, Johnny, George Sanderson and Carrie. Also available will be the Roll-A-Scare collection of figures which comically spring to life from a spherical form to full-body and can be used with the Roll-A-Scare Playset, sold separately. Not quite action figure size is the Archie the Scare Pig football-shaped-thing-that-makes-funny-noises-when-you-squeeze-it, whatever it does.
Spin Master really shows off its innovation with the Scare Off Sulley which features several modes of play, allowing Sulley to engage in a scare off with children (scare him enough and he will fall over) along with acting as a room guard. The My Scare Pal Sulleyhas a few modes of play of his own allowing him to respond accordingly when you give him a squeeze. Meanwhile the innovative (and adjustable)Sulley Monster Mask takes role play to the next level, allowing children to operate the power-less mouth and eyebrows which open/close and raise/lower automatically along with their jaw.
Also on display at the event were Fisher-Price’s Imaginext line of toys which now bring Monsters University to where Carsand Toy Story have also successfully been. In addition to several figurines, Fisher-Price will be introducing three sets which include University Row, the Scare Floor and a CDA truck with agent. All of the sets include interactive elements which help children bring their favorite moments from Monsters University and Monsters Inc. to life. Mike and Sulley plush from Just Play as well as Monsters University shoes from etnies were also on display.
Although Disney Store wasn’t represented, the official Monsters University Campus Store brought a couple of its items to display at the event, though everything shown was already available. We do have it on good authority, however, that the campus store plans on introducing many more items in support of the school/movie as time goes by. As will Disney Store, who will introduce an entire collection including toys, action figures, luggage, apparel and more. One of the more unique items from Disney Store will be the the Monsters University Speak N Scare Action Figures. In tandem with a free digital app, kids can rate their own ‘roar’ or enhance it using different tools. The app can also sync with the action figures to control their scaring actions. Other modes of play include play mode with more than 40 phrases, scare mode with five different sound-activated roars and interactive mode that allows the action figures to converse with one another.
After the event, we were invited up to Spin Master’s booth on the Toy Fair floor to take a sneak peek at even more Monsters University items coming out later this year. Although many of the items are still top secret and we unfortunately can’t share any details yet, there were plenty of upcoming toys that we are pleased to share with you below.
The first item to catch our eye was the ‘Who’s Behind the Door?’ board game. With recognizable game play (think ‘Guess Who?’), the board game adds a bit of an updated twist and — of course — features characters from the film. Although we were unfortunately unable to see it in action, the Scare Simulator Playset brings a touch of the original Monsters Inc. film to the world of play, allowing children to use the included exclusive Sulley figure to learn scaring techniques including ‘shadowing’ in addition to the scare itself. Other more traditional toys include the R/C Monster Truck Sulley, the Monsters University Monster Slingshot, talking flashlights which project an image specific to the character and giggle balls, which rattle off soundbites of the respective character as they roll across the floor.
Just as they have been recently for Monsters Inc., Spin Master will also be producing a line of plush for Monsters University. We caught glimpses of a Sulley in a Monsters University tee, a medium size Art plush and small Shake & Scare plush which produce lines from the film when shaken. Spin Master will also be producing a My Scare Pal Mike which humorously reacts when you pull his arms and legs and poke him in the eye.
Below is a short video of our tour of upcoming Monsters University toys from both the event as well as Spin Master’s booth, followed by a gallery of images of some of the toys we got to play with ahead of their release. The first wave of Monsters University toys are set to hit the shelves on May 10 while many more will be released later this year in the fall.
Diamond Select Toys has announced that they will be producing the first ever Disney Minimates collection for Peter Pan to commemorate the release of the animated classic’s Diamond Edition on Blu-ray.
Two boxed sets of four Minimates mini-figures each will be available in the collection. The first set will include Peter and three of the lost boys:? Cubby, Tootles and Nibs. Peter comes with a miniature version of Tinker Bell that can hover over his shoulder. The second set will include Michael, John, Captain Hook and a full-sized figure of Tinker Bell. Both sets will include standing bases to support each character, as well as one flying base each, so you can have Peter and Tink float above the ground.
In addition to the two four-packs, Pan fans will be able to purchase the Jolly Roger, Captain Hook’s pirate ship. With doors that open and extending planks, the Jolly Roger has two removable and adjustable masts and comes with two exclusive figures: Wendy and Smee.
Each Minimate stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation, for a full range of poseability. The Peter Pan Minimates collection will be available exclusively at Disney Store beginning in early March.
New Disney Store arrivals and sales for February 18, 2013 Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at Disney Store. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Disney Store in another window. Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability. Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.
Minnie Mouse Ear Hat Ornament – $21.95Celebrate carnival time with Minnie’s merry Mardi-Gras mouse ear hat ornament adorned with a feathered frock, miniature pearled strands, sparkling black gems, and glittering floral topper, direct from the Disney Parks. share this item
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Studio Ghibli’s immortal classic, My Neighbor Totoro, from director Hayao Miyazaki will be getting a domestic release on Blu-ray by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment in honor of its 25th anniversary on May 21.
The news comes ahead of any official press release, but the movie has already appeared for pre-order on Amazon.com. From what we are able to ascertain, the bonus features are essentially the same as the Blu-ray edition released late last year internationally:
Original Japanese Storyboards
Original Japanese Trailer
Behind the Microphone
Behind the Studio
Creating My Neighbor Totoro
Creating the Characters
The Totoro Experience
Producer’s Perspective: Creating Ghibli
The Locations of Totoro
Audio will be available as both the dubbed English version as well as the original Japanese version.
Also released on May 21 is Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle, also available for pre-order. We will provide more information as it becomes available to us.
ABC Family will celebrate spring with the world premiere of the original movie Lovestruck: The Musical (formerly known as Elixir), premiering on April 21 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. Lovestruck: The Musical also features a stellar creative team in producer Debra Martin Chase and Terry Rossio, writers Terry Rossio & Jaylynn Bailey, choreographer Michael Rooney and director Sanaa Hamri.
Lovestruck: The Musical tells the story of Harper (Jane Seymour), one of the best dancers to hit Broadway. But an injury caused her to leave the spotlight, become a choreographer, and raise her daughter, Mirabella (Sara Paxton). When Mirabella, the star of Harper’s next big production, decides to quit the show to get married, her mother is determined to put a stop to the wedding and show Mirabella that she cannot give up her career for love, especially to marry playboy Marco (Alexander DiPersia). After the long flight to the Italian wedding site, Harper takes a swig from a strange bottle that is supposed to dull the pain of an old dance injury. Instead, the elixir magically turns Harper 30 years younger.
Harper’s younger appearance (Chelsea Kane plays Young Harper) allows her to secretly infiltrate the wedding – only to confront a huge obstacle in Mirabella’s father, Ryan (Tom Wopat), who can recognize his ex-wife in any form. After he too experiences the reverse-aging effects of the elixir (Drew Seeley plays Young Ryan), Ryan teams with Harper to reverse the damage she’s done to Mirabella and Marco’s relationship, hopefully in time to save the wedding.
A digital only soundtrack will be available featuring the cast covering pop hits, including Lady Gaga’s ‘Just Dance,’ Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin,’ Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ and Usher’s ‘DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,’ among others, as well as original songs. The soundtrack will be available on iTunes in advance of the movie’s premiere.